Beating Procrastination – Save Yourself the Anxiety
Do it today, and save yourself anxiety tomorrow!
In a previous blog I mentioned that you can help lower your general anxiety by not procrastinating (4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Lower Anxiety). After thinking about it I decided to give the issue a little more attention.
See I have this friend, and as we were getting to know each other I realized that if there was something stressful or difficult she had to do, she would do it immediately. I was with her when she needed to make a particularly difficult phone call, and while I would normally labor over the idea of the phone call for DAYS, she quickly excused herself and took care of it. I think my jaw was still on the ground when she came back. When I asked her about it, she simply said “oh I can’t put stuff like that off, it would make me nuts.” And that is the kicker, it does make us nuts.
The longer we brood over the stressful items we have on our plates the more it creates stress and anxiety for us. And have you noticed that when we finally get around to doing it, it is never quite as bad as we imagined it to be? We have convinced ourselves that we need time to prepare for whatever it is we are going to tackle, when nine times out of ten that time to prepare is in fact just time to stress and create turmoil.
Beating procrastination with me starts with the tendency to put off paperwork. I hate it and not because its difficult but because its boring, not fun, and tends to take a little emotional effort. So I put it off until I’ve barely enough time to do it, and then I find myself thinking about it when I’m not doing it and then finally rushing through it like a crazy person trying to complete it in time.
So I’ve started doing what my friend does. I’ve created a rule for myself:
If a task is stressful or causes me any emotional agitation, I do it immediately.
By doing this the task longer has the ability to cause me any kind of distress, and I have the time and energy to focus on other things.
Try it, its pretty freeing!